(HOUSTON) “Where we see tragedy, Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity,” said Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).
“While we pray for God to comfort those suffering unimaginable pain, they rush to microphones and cameras, gather in war rooms on Capitol Hill and scheme about how to use that suffering to push their political agenda,” he continued. “That’s who they are and what they believe, but not us.”
Cox argued those who want more firearm regulations on the books are simply using the recent tragedies to push their political agendas.
“We are the moms and dads and sons of daughters of the National Rifle Association, and we want to prevent Newtown, not take advantage of it,” Cox said.
Wayne LaPierre, executive Vice President of the NRA described the main stream medai as distorting the gun debate in favor of gun control advocates and arguing that those in Washington and the “elites” are demonizing NRA members.
“We know that every word spoken today and throughout this weekend is going to be scrutinized by our opponents but let me make this perfectly clear, we will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law-abiding American gun owners.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he never loses “faith in the founding fathers’ wisdom to include the Second Amendment of the Constitution among the Bill of Rights.”
“I wish that sentiment was found in more places, particularly a place whose boundaries are on the Potomac River,” he said.
“Our message to them, and our message to everyone in the country, is simple,” he continued, adding a plug to the Lone Star State. “There is still a place that loves freedom in America, where people can pursue their dreams free from the kneejerk government regulations that occur. That place is called Texas. That place is called Texas. We want to invite you, if you’re not already here, consider coming to the place that loves freedom.”
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas challenged Vice President Joe Biden to a debate. Biden lead a task force for the Obama administration on coming up with a set of gun control proposals. One of his recommendations was for women “to get a shotgun” and fire it indiscriminately in the air if they feel threatened by a home invader.
“I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour long conversation and debate – how do we stop crime? And if Vice President Biden really believes the facts are on his side, that this is not simply an exercise in political power by the administration, then I think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources,” he said.
Tara Kyle, the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gave an emotional speech at the event, where she fought back tears to describe her husband who had become known as a hero among members of the military and gun enthusiasts. In his autobiography, he claimed he killed 160 people during five combat tours in Iraq, a record for a U.S. military sniper.
“While publishers and some parts of the public are impressed with numbers of kills, that number did not interest him, a number that would have been much more important to him would have been if someone could have told him the number of lives he saved,” Taya Kyle said.
Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned in a broader argument that Obama was attacking Americans’ freedoms on a larger scale.
He also praised NRA supporters for weathering the gun control debate, calling them “freedom warriors.”
“You stood tall–as unpopular as it seemed–but you stood for the truth. You didn’t let all the smoke and the mirrors of trying to hide behind a horrible tragedy, to turn you from the truth,” he said, though he received a more tepid response from the audience than some of the other speakers.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke about the Obama’s obsession with gun control, and the Democrat’s failure to control spending, the deficit. He said Obama has also failed America on health care and tax reform.
“I believe he wants to be a good president, but he does have a lack of trust. He doesn’t trust Americans, like you and I trust Americans. He will not succeed until that changes,” he said.
Watch Senator Cruz pro-Constitution anti-crime message challenging crazy Joe Biden to an hour-long debate on gun violence.
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” -George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788